My trip to India: Karnataka Pt.1
April 13, 2011
April 13, 2011
I don’t know where to begin. Karnataka, like most of India’s states, has beaches, nature, wildlife, cultural and heritage. But let’s focus only on heritage and history here. Karnataka is very rich in heritage and history. There are more than 20 heritage sites. Hindus, Muslims and Christians sites. Some of Karnataka’s heritage sites go back to 1700 years ago. And it has a unique Hindu and Islamic architecture, some masterpieces. Simply, it is for history and ruins lovers ONLY.
We reached Mysore, our first destination in Karnataka, coming from Waynad in Kerala. Since there are at least 3 sites to visit around Mysore other than Mysore itself and it’s only 2 hours away from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka and Indias centre of science and technology, we decided to stay in Mysore for 3 nights. We visited around 15 sites in Karnataka in only 5nights/4days. It did not need more time but it would be more relaxed if we added 2 more days.
Mysore city, the silk and the sandalwood city, was the seat of the Maharajas one day. Its iconic maharaja’s palace is the top highlight of Mysore. The original palace burned down in 1897. The present palace was completed in 1912 by a British architect. It has a unique charisma, specially with its British theme. Unfortunately, Photography is prohibited inside the palace. Entrance fee are Rs 20 for locals and Rs 200 for forigners, i was local as my friend said that i look like the people of Gujarat. Mysore palace is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in India after Taj Mahal with more than 2.7 million visitors a year. In festivals, celebrations and Sundays the palace is illuminated with more than 96,000 lights.
Aside from the astonishing palace, we visited Chamundi Hill where are the Sri Chamundeswari temple and the 5m high Nandi (Shiva’s bull vehicle). That was for the first half of the day. For the second half we went outside of Mysore to Srirangapatnam, the ruins of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan’s Capital. There were a 200 years old mosque, a temple and Gumbaz of Tipu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali.
After we came back to Mysore, we went to Brindavan gardens which had been built on one side of a dam, luckily it was Sunday where people all around the place and for sure the delicious and very hygienic snacks !! Just eat ! Don’t think of it !! Really Delicious. We couldn’t stay longer because we wanted to catch the Palace lightening since it’s only on for one hour, from 7 to 8 pm, on Sundays. We got there in time and we enjoyed the fascinating lightening and yes we were LUCKY !!!
More pics. start with the last pic.
End of part one.